Islay vet nurse ventures into Africa

Iona Scott from Islay.

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Iona Scott, a first-year veterinary nursing student, will be making her way to South Africa this summer to work at the Welgevonden Game Reserve.

The reserve is home to more than 50 mammals as well as over 300 different species of birds.

Iona, who went to Islay High School and now studies at the SRUC Barony Campus near Dumfries, said it is ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’.

She will travel to the Limpopo Province of South Africa in May where she will spend two weeks at the reserve.

Throughout her stay, she will be working with the conservation and research team at their premises. These are the people who monitor the ecosystem of the wildlife reserve on a day to day basis.

This allows her an opportunity to put into practice what she has already learned in her course. Iona said the hands-on experience will really benefit her development.

She will also have the chance to work with rare and exotic animals native to that part of the world.

In order to fund the trip – which will cost more than £2,000 – Iona has been saving up as well as selling things at car boot sales and online. She is also looking for any donations and sponsors.